Redhead aged care home Whiddon transports 96-year-old Doris Jones back in time with special visit

Decades on, Lucy the pony helps Doris, 96, revisit special time Doris Jones, 96, with Lucy the pony at Redhead. Picture: Marina Neil
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Doris Jones in her late teens with her beloved horse Johnny.

Doris Jones, 96, with Lucy the pony at Redhead. Picture: Marina Neil

Doris Jones, 96, with Lucy the pony at Redhead. Picture: Marina Neil

Doris Jones, 96, with Lucy the pony at Redhead. Picture: Marina Neil

Doris Jones, 96, with Lucy the pony at Redhead. Picture: Marina Neil

Doris Jones, 96, with Lucy the pony at Redhead. Picture: Marina Neil

TweetFacebook Pony visit for Doris, 96Pony visit for Doris Jones, 96-year-old Redhead resident. Pictures: Marina Neil For Doris Jones, time with her beloved horse Johnnywas one of the most memorable periods of her life.

Decades later, at 96 years old, the Redhead resident was given thechance to go back in time as part of a relationship-based care program at Whiddon–the aged care home where shenow lives.

Lucy the 12-year-old pony was brought into the Redhead Road home on Friday to spend the morning with Ms Jones, who enjoyed feeding her carrots and brushing her mane while surrounded by family.

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Her daughter Lynne Burns said Ms Jones’ memory had begun to fade in recent years, but talk of Johnny had become more frequent recently.

Ms Burns said pony club was a big part of Ms Jones’ life when she was in her late teens and early 20s and was the place young Dorismet her husband.

“She’s sort of forgotten a bit of her more recent life,” Ms Burnssaid.

“At times, when you talk about the last few years before she came into the home she doesn’t really remember it.

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“She’s been talking about [Johnny]more and more lately.”

Tara Carmen, who coordinates the relationship-based care program at Whiddon known asBest Week,said the initiative involved staff members putting their heads together to come up with something special they could do for each resident.

“Basicallywe work with the families and work with the residents, get to know who they were a little bit before they came here,” Ms Carmensaid.

“As Doris’ family will tell you, she’s got a long history with horses.

“It’s great, these types of opportunities –all the residents get to get involved.”

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